The Arms That Hold The Universe

Yesterday while my wife and I were riding in the car she played a song for me from one of her favorite Christian groups, 33 Miles.  She told me it was a song that meant a lot to her and after listening to it I can understand why.  Here are the words to a portion of the song: “And the arms that hold the universe are holding you tonight.  You can rest inside, it’s gonna be alright.  And the voice that calmed the raging sea is calling you His child.  So be still and know He’s in control; He will never let you go.  You can hope, you can rise, you can stand; He’s still got the whole world in His hands.  You can hope, you can rise, you can stand; He’s still got the whole world, the whole world in His hands.”

As you and I look out at the wonders of Creation it is very important to always remember that behind Creation stands the Creator.  God has made Himself known through that which He has made, through the events of history, and above all else through His Son, Jesus Christ.  That which is revealed over and over is that the God who made this universe has “the whole world in His hands”  and that He is not a distant unknowable being but a God who extends love and compassion to all that He has made.  As hard as it is for some to believe, God actually cares about each of us and loves us immensely.

This morning in church we sang the hymn “His Eye Is on the Sparrow.”  This song reminds us of Jesus’ words, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?  Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father.” (Matthew 10:29)  In both the song and the scripture verse we are given the assurance that God watches over all of His Creation and that we can rest assured that He watches over us as well.

It brings me great comfort to know that the arms that hold the universe are also holding me.  Knowing that God cares for me I can hope, I can rise, and I can stand even in the toughest of times.  Knowing that the Creator loves me so much also makes me appreciate His Creation more and both motivates and inspires me to be a better steward of it.  I hope it will motivate and inspire you to do the same.  But more than anything, I hope you will somehow sense God’s loving arms around you for that is where we will find our greatest joy and peace.

–Chuck

(I photographed the whitetail fawn at Shenandoah National Park, the goldfinch in Middlesboro, KY, and the sunset clouds at Paducah, KY.)